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1900. He went "light," very light.
By "light" in Alaska the old timer
means without much of a pack.
"We were working on a claim
above Discovery when word came of
the Nome strike. I decided to take a
chance and started on the 1,500-mile
journey down the Yukon with 200
pounds on a dog sled and six dogs.
As we swung out of Dawson I stop-
Special photograph by Sawyer Shows twd 6f the gold rush women
aboard the steamer Northwestern.' They will "mush" to the new Shus
hanna gold fields with their husbands. On the left, Mrs. T. T. Lane she
is a "cheechaco" (which Is Chinook language for greenhorn or tenderfoot),
having never been to Alaska, although her husband is one of the oldest
"sour doughs" among the 200 or more on board. On the right, Mrs. M. J.
Cochrane, widow of Judge Cochrane, formerly mining recorder at Nome.
Mrs. Cochrane Is a real "sour dough" (slang term for old-time Alaskans
taken fom the name of the bread easiest made In the far north).
She went through the flood which wiped out a camp north of Nome in
1902 when 24 miners and half as many women were caught by high water
resulting from an Ice jam. They were standing on. cots, waist deep In
water, when rescued by the men In Indian canoes, and they lived for nearly
a month on a sand dune on which T. T. Lane's father had established a
cache of supplies. She will hit the trail with the rest of us.